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Ring's 'peephole' video doorbell camera for apartments is now available

The $199 Ring Door View Cam video doorbell ships out to customers today.

The first batch of Ring Door View Cams are now shipping out to customers who pre-ordered them.
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The Ring Door View Cam, the latest smart doorbell from Amazon's smart home security company, is shipping out to customers starting today. 

The $199 Door View Cam has a rechargeable battery, which means there's no hardwiring involved. Ring says there's no need for drilling or making any other major changes to your door, but you do need a door with a peephole for it to work.

Remove your existing peephole, place the Door View Cam on the front and back of the door, along with the battery and the removable faceplate. 

Ring's Door View Cam comes with:

  • 1080p HD resolution
  • Motion detection
  • Microphone and speaker
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Night vision

Ring isn't the first company to introduce a smart doorbell like this. Ezviz, Remo+ and Yale have announced similar products. 

Ring also recently introduced Smart Lighting, motion-sensing outdoor lights that work with Ring's other home security products.  The Ring Door View Cam is available now for purchase.

Originally published Jan. 7 at 9:01 a.m. PST

Update, June 18: Confirms availability and shipping.

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